Manso-Tontokrom Residents DemandCommunity Miningand Justice for Deaths

Residents of Manso-Tontokrom in Ghana demand a community mining scheme and justice for three people killed in clashes with Asanko Mines' security personnel. The community accuses the mining company of unfair practices and seeks a thorough investigation into the incident.

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Manso-Tontokrom Residents DemandCommunity Miningand Justice for Deaths

Manso-Tontokrom Residents DemandCommunity Miningand Justice for Deaths

Residents of Manso-Tontokrom in the Amansie South district of Ashanti Region, Ghana, are calling for the establishment of in their area to improve livelihoods. This demand comes in the wake of clashes between residents and private security personnel of Asanko Mines on March 3, 2024, which resulted in the death of three people, including 35-year-old Rahman Mohammed.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing tensions between mining companies and local communities, which can have devastating consequences if not addressed. The demand for community mining and justice for the victims also underscores the need for more inclusive and sustainable mining practices that prioritize the well-being of local populations.

The recent burial of Rahman Mohammed has reignited the community's calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths and the prosecution of those responsible. The residents are also demanding that the government set up a Community Mining Scheme in Tontokrom to promote peace and provide a decent living for the community.

Opanin Kofi Manu, the Abusuapanin of Manso Tontonkrom, accused Asanko Gold of being a bad neighbor and attempting to take their lands through foul means. "We want to tell the president that there must be thorough investigation into what has happened because ASANKO did not treat us fairly," he stated. Manu also appealed to the government to establish a Community Mining Scheme, saying, "We want community mining to be set up here, because when they came, they saw the number of people who eke their living from this community. We are pleading with them to set up the mining scheme for peace to prevail."

Hassan Adams, the father of the late Rahman Mohammed, called for justice and an investigation into his son's murder. "Demonstration is not a crime to warrant the death of someone; it has been almost two months since our brother was murdered. We want justice; we want investigation to establish who actually murdered our brother for the law to take its course," he said.

The traditional leaders claim that Asanko Mines did not follow the proper procedures for operating in the community, as stated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The residents accuse the mining company of attempting to use foul means to take their lands.

The violence on March 3, 2024, resulted in the death of three people, including Rahman Mohammed, a 35-year-old resident of Manso-Tontokrom. The community is demanding a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths and the prosecution of those responsible. They are also calling for the establishment of a Community Mining Scheme to provide a decent livelihood for the residents and promote peace in the area.